Pleasanton senior Jerrell Mitchell was inspired by former teammates to pursue his dream of playing college football. Now, Mitchell can be looked upon as an inspiration to others after achieving his goal.
The Eagles linebacker signed his letter of intent Tuesday morning to play football at Texas Lutheran University.
Its a dream come true, Mitchell said. Ive wanted to do this since my sophomore year. I saw the other guys on our team, the role models, go and play, so this was a goal of mine. It feels really good to be able to achieve it.
Mitchell shared the District 15-4A Division I Defensive Player of the Year award and was also an honorable mention all-state selection.
Hes a great kid, a hard worker, very coachable, and he got along great with his peers and his teammates. I cant say enough about him, Pleasanton athletic director Tab Dumont said. Hes the reason why I stayed in Pleasanton for so long, because of kids just like him. Its pretty neat to see a young man that has worked so hard achieve a goal like this and get to go to the next level. TLU is getting a very fine football player and kid.
The 5-foot-8, 220-pound Mitchell set an Eagles record with 138 tackles this season.
What separates Jerrell from other people that have more ability and bigger size is his nose for the football, Dumont said. Hes not afraid to stick his nose in there. His instincts are what set him apart.
During his first year, Mitchell said he wants to compete for playing time. He added that he is proud to represent his city and school at the next level.
I try to be a role model, like those guys were for me, Mitchell said. The underclassmen can look at me and then set their goal to do this same thing. It just means a lot for a small-town person like me to be able to do this.
Weve had a good program here for many years, Dumont said. Weve been blessed to coach some great kids. It speaks volumes for what kids can do here in Pleasanton. Were a little undersized whenever we play certain teams, but it just shows you if you work hard and you do things right, good things happen.